Bengaluru: Scores of commuters who returned to Bengaluru after a weekend were left stranded with no private vehicles to reach their destination. The private vehicles have called for a bandh on Monday against the State government’s failure to meet their demands including extending Shakti scheme to private buses or cancelling road taxes for private vehicles. They have also demanded financial assistance of Rs 10,000 to drivers.
There are about nine lakh private commercial vehicles that have stayed off the road on Monday. These include autorickshaws, cabs, corporate taxis, airport taxis and buses. Several schools in Bengaluru have declared holiday on Monday.
The Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Association had given August 31 deadline to the State government to meet their demands. With no positive response from the government, the federation has called the bandh.
Meanwhile, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation will an additional 4,000 buses for the convenience of passengers. These buses will also connect outskirts of the City, too. An additional 100 trips have been added to the existing buses on Kempegowda International Airport route.
The BMRCL too has assured to add more fleet of Metro trains to address the rush.
In view of the bandh, the Bengaluru police have heightened vigil across the City.